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Eastern Michigan regents vote to end university's involvement with spinoff school system


YPSILANTI, Michigan — Eastern Michigan University is stepping away from its involvement with a spinoff system of 15 schools that once were part of the Detroit Public Schools.

University regents voted Friday to withdraw June 30, 2017 from the agreement with the Education Achievement Authority.

Eastern can withdraw on June 30 of any year, but must give at least 180 days prior notice to do so.

The authority was created in 2011 to improve Detroit's lowest performing schools. It was backed by Gov. Rick Snyder and required a number of public bodies, like Eastern, to be enabling entities.

Lawmakers in Lansing can do away with the authority as they look at a plan to split the state-managed Detroit Schools' district in two this summer, eventually returning control to an elected board.

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